Category: Professional / Interprofessional Issues

Research and Professional Development

Research and Professional Development 6 - Using Data to Plug the "Leaky Pipeline": Empirically Supported Approaches for Promoting Gender Equity in the Academy

Saturday, November 18
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom E & F, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Professional Issues | Women's Issues | Evidence-Based Practice
Presentation Type: Research and Professional Development

The metaphor of the “leaky pipeline” describes a pattern of disproportionate dropout of women from academic careers, resulting in increasingly lower representation at higher levels of institutional hierarchies. Women have earned the majority of doctoral degrees in Psychology for decades, but represent only one third of full professors in the field. Their chances of earning tenure are 20% lower than their male colleagues’, even when their credentials are comparable.


Popular hypotheses attributing the “leaky pipeline” to the adverse impact of marriage and motherhood on women’s productivity have received little empirical support. Growing evidence instead implicates structural factors and unfavorable institutional practices in the underrepresentation of women in the academy. For example, there are marked gender biases in grant funding, with women overall obtaining fewer grants than men. Grants awarded to women are also typically of smaller size and shorter duration. Women receive consistently lower ratings on teaching evaluations, even when their performance in the classroom is equivalent to their male counterparts. Women are also disproportionately involved in service, in particular in activities that are time consuming but devalued in tenure and promotion decisions.


To date, there has been relatively little effort to leverage available research findings into evidence-based strategies designed to remedy existing gender inequities. This panel will discuss approaches to the development of empirically-supported interventions to more effectively retain and promote female faculty. Panelists will discuss concrete, research-based strategies that are relevant for hiring, evaluating, and mentoring in a range of contexts, including R1 research universities, academic medical schools, and liberal arts colleges. The panel will also address the role of professional organizations such as ABCT in disseminating these interventions.




This session is not eligible for continuing education credit.

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C. Alix. Timko

Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania

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Susan J. Wenze

Assistant Professor
Lafayette College

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